City Girl (1930 film)

City Girl

DVD artwork
Directed by F.W. Murnau
Produced by William Fox
Written by Marion Orth
Berthold Viertel
Based on The Mud Turtle
by Elliott Lester
Starring Charles Farrell
Mary Duncan
Music by Arthur Kay
Cinematography Ernest Palmer
Edited by Harry H. Caldwell
Katherine Hilliker
Distributed by Fox Film Corporation
Release dates
  • February 16, 1930 (1930-02-16)
Running time
89 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent film
English intertitles

City Girl is a 1930 American silent film directed by F.W. Murnau, and starring Charles Farrell and Mary Duncan.

A version of the film, with some sound elements, was made alongside the silent version.[1] The film is credited as being the primary inspiration for Terrence Malick's Days of Heaven.[1]


The city girl Kate falls in love with farmer Lem. He takes Kate to his family farm but Kate has trouble being accepted by the family.



City Girl was shot on location in Athena[2] and Pendleton, Oregon.[3] According to research by film historians, a farm was constructed for the making of the film.[4]

According to a newspaper article in the Heppner Gazette-Times on the arrival of Murnau and actress Mary Duncan in Pendleton, the film's original working title was Our Daily Bread.[5] Upon her arrival to shoot the film in August 1928, Duncan was granted the Round-Up Queen of the 1928 Pendleton Round-Up rodeo.[5]


  1. 1 2 French, Phillip (May 21, 2011). "City Girl". The Guardian. Retrieved December 22, 2015.
  2. Williams, Heidi (April 30, 2009). "Review: The Beaver State's film heritage: The Oregon sesquicentennial film festival". Oregon Live. Retrieved January 21, 2016.
  3. "Filmed in Oregon 1908-2015" (PDF). Oregon Film Council. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  4. Danks, Adrian (October 2003). "Reaching Beyond the Frame: Murnau's City Girl". Senses of Cinema. Retrieved January 26, 2016.
  5. 1 2 "Movie Star Chosen for Round-Up Queen". Heppner Gazette-Times. August 21, 1928. p. 6.

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